Grateful Dead Live at Masonic Temple on 1979-01-21
Editing: SHN>WAV>CE2K>CDWAVE>shntool>mkwACT. Edited & seeded to etree by MattMan.
-This audience recording is marginal at best, but does reproduce a super show (not just because it was my first Dead show!) that should be of interest to collectors.
-The recording has undergone some DSP that includes EQ and NR (I found a nice piece of hiss to formulate a decent sample). Even though its still hissy, it was very hissy before the NR.
-Most of the tracks in Set 2 are cut at their end.
-The show occurred in the dead cold of Mid-West winter, and started late as the crowd waited over an hour outside for the doors to open. To compensate, the Dead played a lively and energetic show--"The winter was so hard and cold". Donna was absent.
-The show occurred in the Main Theatre of the Masonic Temple, one of the finest public halls in the United States, having a seating capacity of about 4,500 that produced a very intimate contact between audience and stage. The decorative treatment of the auditorium has considerable detail adapted from the Venetian Gothic, and the general tone is gold which has been enlivened with red and blue to produce a quiet richness of color seldom attempted in this type of work. A great deal of careful study was given to the acoustical treatment of this room which has produced an auditorium where the hearing qualities are perfect from every seat. This is the only time the Grateful Dead played this theatre.
-Thanks to Teri "RamblinRose" for the source SHNs.
Subject: Super Bowl Sunday
Subject: we're Deadheads, folks !
this recording is FINE. there's scarcely any aud chatter or noise.
so just relax and enjoy a good show. Terrapin does have some tasty treats.
Subject: I was there
Subject: My first show
Subject: Great Show...But....
Subject: Just the guys
7-17-76 she's there 2nd set
I love to hear the guys covering her parts e.g. Jerry on Estimated.
Subject: masonic temple...coincedence ha yea right
Subject: odd venue
Subject: The real deal
Subject: Sounds at least 26 years old...But one of the more consistent shows of the run.
1st Set: "Sugaree" - Passionately sung by Jerry."Uncle-> River"'s some good ol' fun. "TLEO" is standard. "BIODTL" & "Dire" increase the vibe that this gig's taking place in a snug, intimate venue. Everyone just feels close to each other. "LLR" is fine, but the spirit of "Brown" feels especially genuine this evening. "Minglewood" is pushing the overplayed label but this version is better than the previous few nights. "FOTD" is appropriately sadly withdrawn. "Jack" is decent if not thunderous. "Deal" closes this better than average winter '79 1st set with assured flair.
2nd Set: Their first 'Samson' smokes right on by... "Terrapin" continues on a strong determined path despite lacking an outro jam. Thankfully, "Playin" has a head of steam, confidently chugs its way through the written song. A tight, exploratory jam that refreshingly ends with droplets emerging from the drummers' faucet. "Space" could have ended either way... go the 11/1 route with "OO" or "Truckin". They choose the 'T' and despite some early sound distortions, it's standard. They're in-sync, but seem to lack a certain extroverted powerful element. There's not much fight remaining which is why "Stella" is an appropriate choice. A gorgeous outro jam by Garcia leads into a reassuring but still slightly tired "Good Lovin." The run closes unremarkably with "US Blues."
(2nd Detroit show in a row with an abbreviated 2nd set, 3 plus 3, with US encore.)
Subject: great show
Subject: Too Bad...
Maybe there is a better recording out there somewhere...
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